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NBC Brass To Donald Trump: You’re Fired!

Well well well….looks like all that bad karma Donald Trump has been putting out finally came back to bite him right on his privileged butt.

The brass at NBC Universal announced late this afternoon that it is cutting all of its ties with the Donald, meaning that the network will not televise the Miss USA pageant on July 12 or the Miss Universe pageant, both of which were co-owned by NBC and Trump.

However, perhaps most damaging to a man as conceited as Trump is the fact that NBC told him he will not be returning as host of his reality show, “The Celebrity Apprentice.”

In making their announcement, NBC said in a statement:

“At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump. To that end, the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBC and Trump, will no longer air on NBC. In addition, as Mr. Trump has already indicated, he will not be participating in ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ on NBC.”

No doubt you recall the statements NBC is referring to, in which Trump remarked:

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best…They’re sending people who have lots of problems,” Trump. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.”

Yes, some are good people, you ignorant, self-absorbed sack of human excrement. Actually, the vast majority of them are good, decent, hardworking people who contribute something to society. Which is more than we can say for you, Donald.

Trump, never shy about speaking his empty mind, said in response to the move by NBC:

“If NBC is so weak and so foolish to not understand the serious illegal immigration problem in the United States, coupled with the horrendous and unfair trade deals we are making with Mexico, then their contract violating closure of Miss Universe/Miss USA will be determined in court. Furthermore, they will stand behind lying Brian Williams, but won’t stand behind people that tell it like it is, as unpleasant as that may be.”

The difference, Mr. Trump, is that lots of people actually like Brian Williams as a human being and journalist. You, however, have no friends other than the ones you rent or buy.

Good riddance, Trump!

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.

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Jeb Bush–Pothead And Bully–What A Shock!

Just as George W. Bush had to overcome a less-than-savory past on his way to the GOP Presidential nomination in 2000, it now looks like little brother Jeb will have to try and explain a few of his youthful indiscretions, along with some hypocrisy which is already earning him scorn from another likely 2016 Republican contender.

First of all we have the so-called “youthful indiscretion” of smoking marijuana. Bush has previously admitted that he used the drug while a student at Phillips Academy, an ultra-elite private boarding school in Massachusetts. Bush said:

“I drank alcohol and I smoked marijuana when I was at Andover. It was pretty common.”

But a report in the Boston Globe says Bush actually began his experimentation with pot while still in high school, which would seem to contradict his past statements on when his usage of the drug actually began.

Now I will be the first to say that I will never criticize anyone for the use of weed while a young person. I myself indulged in the beneficial substance on more occasions than I can possibly count while a high school senior and later as an undergraduate student. And unlike most politicians, I do not regret that I used marijuana. Instead, I maintain that my romance with pot supplemented the education I received in the classroom. Can I prove that?  No, but I’m not running for the highest office in the land, either.

The problem I have with Jeb Bush is twofold: First, his use of a drug when contrasted with the harsh stance he later took as Governor of Florida. Bush consistently urged jail time over rehab for drug offenders while serving as chief executive of the Sunshine State from 1999-2007. And as recently as last year he actively campaigned against a ballot initiative which would have made medical marijuana legal in Florida.

Apparently I share my outrage over Bush’s blatant hypocrisy on the pot issue with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who is likely to face-off against Jeb in 2016 on the path to the GOP nomination. Paul hit Bush with a broadside shot yesterday, saying:

“This is a guy who now admits he smoked marijuana but he wants to put people in jail who do. You would think he’d have a little more understanding, then.”

My second point of contention with Jeb Bush lies in the accusation that he was also a bit of a bully when he was a young man. Former Andover classmates describe Bush as “physically imposing” and say that he often bullied smaller students.

I despise bullies. Always have and always will. I was bullied once while a sophomore in high school and solved the problem by telling the person who was threatening me that if he laid a hand on me I would dedicate my life to getting him back in a much worse way. He ceased his bullying. But I cannot abide anyone who attempts to prey on or terrorize a smaller or weaker associate. And while I realize this was done when Jeb Bush was a young man, I think it speaks volumes to the kind of leader he would be.

Jeb Bush may be the best hope the Republicans have in 2016, but his past actions deserve a full airing. The past, as we learned in our undergrad Shakespeare seminars, is prologue.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org

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Here’s Proof Scott Walker Hates Education

One thing Scott Walker doesn’t have to worry about: He will never be called the Education Governor.

Walker’s latest budget proposal would slash $300 million over the next two years from the University of Wisconsin system of higher education, which has long been considered one of the crown jewels of the Badger State. That is a 13% decrease in state funding for the university. When asked to defend the cuts, which have been criticized by both educators and the public, Walker shifted the burden of blame to college professors and support staff, saying:

“Maybe it’s time for faculty and staff to start thinking about teaching more classes and doing more work.”

University system officials said the draconian cuts will probably require them to lay off some employees and also raise tuition for students as soon as 2017. Grant Petty, president of the professional group that represents University of Wisconsin-Madison employees, directly addressed Walker’s calls for professors to work more. Petty said faculty already put in at least 50 hours a week on their professional responsibilities as educators. He added:

“As Governor Walker knows from his own family background, a pastor’s job doesn’t start and stop with the Sunday sermon. The same is true of university professors and the classroom.”

Governor Walker, who is considering a run for the Republican nomination for President in 2016, has come under fire before. In 2011, his assault on public sector unions sparked massive protests in the state capital of Madison and also led to a recall election which Walker managed to survive.

Walker is considered to be one of the darlings of the far right wing wing of the GOP and also has ties to the Koch brothers and their massive fundraising machine. Oddly, however, Walker himself does not have a college degree, and one is left to wonder if the American people would ever elect a candidate without a diploma from an institution of higher learning.

No matter how Walker fares in 2016, he is once again leading an attack on one of the main pillars of economic development and increasing wages in Wisconsin. Then again, perhaps that was his plan all along.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org